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Finish Buying Guide

This page should help explain the differences between the types of finishes that we offer across our range. We encourage customers to familiarise themselves with these different finishes before buying, if you are still unsure of which finish will be best then you can buy a sample kit from us here.

Square Edge Oak

Square Edge Oak Finish

Selected from American white oak stock this finish has very little character with straight grain.

This finish is a good match to modern existing oak furniture. Our American oak is QBA grade meaning that you will rarely see knots that are larger than the size of a biro.

The boards are cut straight, have a uniform depth along their length and will be planed and sanded square on all sides with corners lightly rounded by hand.

The square edge finish can be stained and coloured to any of our options.

Waney Edge Oak

Waney Edged Oak Finish

Selected from European Oak which is sourced from either France or Poland.

A clean looking but still natural finish. This finish maintains natural shape of the board, we remove the bark edge and sand the board to a smooth finish.

Waney edges are different with every piece of wood, some may be quite straight without much character and some may contain more natural shape. The natural shape is more evident in longer lengths of wood.

Waney edge boards are measured as an average along their length. This means that some portions of the board may come out undersized and some over. We make waney edge shelves at the depth specified plus the wane, this means overall they can be anything from 20 – 50mm oversized in places.

We include maximum available charactered boards for this finish, they may include large holed knots, splits (which we deem to be stable) and sometimes worm holes along the sapwood (these are present pre-kiln drying and so will not contain live worm).

The waney edge finish can be stained and coloured to any of our options.

Bark Edge Oak

Bark Edge Oak Finish

Selected from European Oak which is sourced from either France or Poland.

The ultimate in rustic and wild shelf finishes. This finish maintains the real bark edge of the board and we select only the most solid, untouched bark pieces for this finish.

As this is not a manufactured edge it can be fragile, the bark on these boards has already survived the felling, transporting, sawing and kiln drying process making it very difficult to carefully source. It cannot be easily worked or repaired so we are very careful to take our time when working with it. We do not recommend this finish for high traffic areas.

We make bark edge shelves at the depth specified plus the edge, this means overall they can be anything from 20 – 50mm oversized in places.

We include maximum available charactered boards for this finish, they may include large holed knots, splits (which we deem to be stable) and of course real bark!

The bark edge boards are available in the standard oiled finish as we believe this complements the contrasting colours of the bark edge. This can also be stained as a special request if you would like.